The 4Xe features the same PHEV powertrain as the Wrangler 4xe.
The 3.6-litre V6 and HEMI 5.7-litre V8 are back for more.
The 2022 Grand Cherokee lands in Jeep showrooms in the 4th quarter. The 4xe arrives in early 2022.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been, for nearly three decades, one of the most sought-after and awarded midsize SUVs on the continent. Now entering its 5th generation, the all-new 2022 Grand Cherokee returns with a larger more complete lineup than ever. From the Trailhawk, to the 4xe, there’s a midsize Jeep for everyone.
Quiet and powerful 4xe powertrain
The biggest upgrade for the new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the addition of the expected 4xe plug-in hybrid version. The key figure is, when fully charged, it will be able to deliver an estimated 40 kilometres (25 miles) of all-electric range. The two electric motors combined with the 400 volt/17 kWh battery are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine – the first-ever 4-pot in a Grand Cherokee. But of course, despite being the most efficient version, the 4xe also holds the distinction of being the most powerful with its system combined output of 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque.
Like the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, the Grand Cherokee 4xe is not remotely compromised. It features the Quadra Trac II 4×4 system with a two-speed transfer case and 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. The 4xe powertrain will be offered with nearly all trims including the new Trailhawk which will make it a truly unique offering.
Trailhawk, with or without 4xe, and old friends
The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe will include Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with 2-speed transfer case and 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio, a rear electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD), up to 27.8 cm (10.9 inches) of ground clearance, up to 61 cm (24 inches) of water fording capability (all high-voltage electronics are sealed and waterproof), and a 47.4:1 crawl ratio. Visually, it is distinguished by its blue tow hooks, blue-accented 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, and glare-proof black-and-blue (all red for non 4xe models) matte “Trailhawk” hood decal. Furthermore, the 4xe is also delivered with E Selec modes, enabling the driver to select between hybrid, electric, and eSave drive modes.
Returning for duty for the 2022 Grand Cherokee are the 3.6-litre V6 and HEMI 5.7-litre V8. The 8-speed automatic transmission is also back but it is now mated to a 4×4 system that includes, for the first time, front-axle disconnect. This helps improve efficiency. With the HEMI V8, the Jeep can tow a maximum of 3,265 kg (7,200 lbs.).
The all-new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is all-new as it is assembled on a new unibody platform. This is how Jeep was able to fit the plug-in hybrid powertrain, associated battery pack, as well as all of its 4×4 systems (Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II), without forgetting their available Quadra-Lift air suspension.
This same structure underpins the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee L which we know to be impressively refined. This latter point is likely what will truly separate the new 5th generation truck from the previous 4th generation Grand Cherokee.
New familiar face
It is on this new platform that Jeep’s wisely evolved the Grand Cherokee’s beloved and familiar looks. The 2022 Grand Cherokee’s presence is slightly more substantial thanks to its wider and larger iconic seven-slot grille and increased track.
The roofline is lowered for improved aerodynamics but critically, does not negatively impact interior volume. Speaking of the roof, a new gloss black roof, available for the first time will be offered on Overland models and delivered as standard on Trailhawk, Summit, and Summit Reserve.
Stellantis continues to impress with truly premium interiors. The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is no different as it gets new larger screens, handcrafted materials, and modern amenities.
The completely new dashboard is cleaner and far more upscale. It now includes lovely slim HVAC vents and twin 10.1-inch displays (instrument panel and infotainment). Depending on trim and options, a 10.25-inch front passenger interactive display and a new high-definition rear-seat entertainment system with FireTV are also available.
On the topic of comfort and refinement, the 2022 Grand Cherokee will be fitted with new seats. As standard, all versions get 16-way power-adjustable heated front seats with lumbar and memory settings. Again, depending on trim and options, front driver and passenger seatbacks offer a massaging function. Heated rear seats and vented seats in the first two rows are available.
It’s on the way
The all-new highly-anticipated 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee arrives in showrooms in the 4th quarter. The PHEV 4xe version is expected to arrive in early 2022 before hitting global markets later in the year.